The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean

The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean


By (author) John Julius Norwich

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 667 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 38mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 4 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1400034280
  • ISBN 13: 9781400034284
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 518,414

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This text examines characters from the history of the Mediterranean - dissolute popes and wily emperors, generals and queens who were powers behind the throne. It also deals with naval and military history - from the Crusades to the expulsion of the Moors from Spain.

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Author information

John Julius Norwich is the author of many acclaimed works of history, including A "History of Venice, Byzantium, "and, most recently, "Paradise of Cities: Venice in the 19th Century." He has also written and presented some thirty historical documentaries for BBC Television. Formerly chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund, he now heads the World Monuments Fund in Britain.

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"A sweeping saga of human turmoil . . . engagingly written on a grand scale by a master craftsman. . . . His witty asides are a constant delight." --"Los Angeles Times""Norwich's history of the Mediterranean is a cause for celebration. . . . A demonstration of his unrivaled narrative skills. . . . No one planning a simple vacation by the wine-dark sea can afford to leave this book at home." --"The Washington Post Book World""A sweeping history. . . . Highly readable. . . . Norwich's focus plays to his strengths." --"The New Yorker""As colorful as history can get. . . . [Norwich] spices his narrative liberally with entertaining anecdotes, deft portraits, and brisk judgments." --"The Economist"